I am a fully trained osteopath, a graduate of the London School of Osteopathy.
My osteopathic training included studying many medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and clinical methods, and I gained clinical experience in outpatient clinics, treating a wide variety of patient complaints and conditions.
As part of Continuing Professional Development, I undertake regular postgraduate training to ensure I am kept abreast in the latest research into osteopathic medicine.
As a registered osteopath, I am bound by the conditions of the General Osteopathic Council, which exists to protect the public by regulating the profession and by monitoring standards.
Osteopathy is one of the nine regulated healthcare professions in the UK alongside doctors and dentists, and was one of the first manual therapies to gain statutory recognition.
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which regulate the profession, and it is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.
As an osteopath I am a primary healthcare practitioner, meaning that just like your GP, I am fully trained to diagnose any serious disease and refer straight away, as there are many sinister pathologies that can present as muscle or joint pain. I can also provide patients with a sickness certificate if they need time off work.